Open Source Model Inspires New Playgrounds for Kids Who Need Them Most

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In an insightful new interview with CMRubinWorld, the Founder and CEO of Playground Ideas discusses how play builds brains and how his 3D Design tool is revolutionizing how playgrounds can be constructed anywhere in the world.

Children’s play is a builder of cognitive skills, social skills, family bonds, child well-being, creative thinking, problem solving and psychological resilience. What happens when you’re poor and you don’t have a place to play? Marcus Veerman’s organization, Playground Ideas, advocates for the importance of play and has helped to build 2,147 playgrounds globally, changing the lives of over a million children. In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, Veerman explains the crucial role play has in the development of children. “Through play, children experiment and test out possibilities. The very nature of play is that it allows children to pretend, to explore different alternatives, to problem solve and to be creative,” says Veerman.

Veerman uses an open source model which offers over 150 design ideas to promote playground development anywhere in the world. Playgrounds can be constructed in a cost-efficient way utilizing cheap local materials, skills and labor. “Giving children meaningful, quality, free play opportunities in this period of exponential brain growth is the best, most cost-effective way to prepare them with the skills required to live in our modern society.”

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Marcus Veerman is the Founder of Playground Ideas, a non-profit organization that supports anyone, anywhere to build a stimulating space for play using only local materials, tools and skills.

CMRubinWorld’s award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by most nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century learning, offering a diverse range of innovative ideas which are presented by the series founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s leading thinkers.

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